2 | President’s Page
By Robert B. Stewart

4 | Earth Watch
Government scuttles toxicology centre—then backs independent fund; a new wind at Queen’s park; update on Ontario’s bird reintroduction programs; 18 new provincial parks.

9 | Annual Report

30 | In the Field: Volunteer Projects for Naturalists
Christmas bird count.


13 | The Niagara Escarpment: Safe at Last
A play-by-play of the 20-year battle for a plan to protect the escarpment—and why it’s been worth the fight.
Sandy Alexander

On the cover
16 | Owl Prowl
Everything there is to know about these fascinating creatures—just in time for fall migration.
By Pamela Hickman

24 | Stone Road Alvar
FON’s newest nature reserve boasts alvar habitat and wildflowers that grow nowhere else in Canada.
By Elaine Jaques & Donald Kirk

ON Nature Magazine Autumn 1985 cover

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